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3 December 2020

Breakfast seminar on Covid-19’s effect on global food systems and how to respond

SLU Future Food and SLU Global invites you to a breakfast seminar to learn more about the complicated topic of the global food system and the threats the new pandemic has on it.

Photo by Felix Clay/WorldFish via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Photo by Felix Clay/WorldFish via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had major consequences for the world’s food system and food security. At this breakfast seminar organised by SLU Future Food and SLU Global, we will discuss how the pandemic’s most severe effects on food systems can be reduced and how we should build resilient food systems that provide food security for all.

SLU Future Food and SLU Global invites you to a breakfast seminar to learn more about the complicated topic of the global food system and the threats the new pandemic has on it.

The COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardized people’s access to food and the global economic slowdown will put even more strain on the global food system. The situation is serious and the consequences dire if not mitigated. But how can the pandemic’s most severe effects on food systems be reduced and how should we build resilient food systems that provide food security for all?

The main conclusions in a new United Nations CFS-HLPE report on the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the food systems is presented by Shakuntala Thilsted, member of CFS-HLPE. The report will be reflected upon by Kajsa Johansson from We Effect and Sofia Boqvist from SLU and then a general discussion will follow.

The United Nations CFS-HLPE report “Impacts of COVID-19 on food security and nutrition: developing effective policy responses to address the hunger and malnutrition pandemic” addresses the ongoing pandemic crises and its present and predicted effect on the world food system. The purpose of the report is to provide insights in addressing the food and nutrition security implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and to inform the preparations for the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.

Programme

7:45–8:00

  • You are welcome to join the webinar a quarter before the programme starts

8:00–9:00

  • Welcome
  • Shakuntala Thilsted presents the report; Shakuntala is the Research Program Leader for Value Chains and Nutrition at WorldFish, stationed in Penang, Malaysia. She is also a member of the Committee on World Food Security’s High Level Panel of Experts (CFS-HLPE) and an Honorary Doctor at SLU.
  • Anna Tibblin from We Effect reflects on the report
  • Sofia Boqvist from SLU reflects on the report; Sofia is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Biomedical Science and Veterinary Public Health; Division of Bacteriology and Food Safety at SLU
  • Questions and discussion

9:00–9:30

  • The meeting will remain open for informal discussions

Please register by 2 December 2020 here. 

 

Times

From 3 December 2020 at 08:00 to 3 December 2020 at 09:30

Venue

Online